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2019-20 Budget

The 2019-20 Queensland Health budget will continue to deliver world class health services to Queenslanders, no matter where they live.

Queensland Health’s total budget is $19.233 billion for 2019-20. This includes an operating budget of $18.455 billion, an increase of $1.137 billion compared to last year’s budget.

A total of $15.655 billion of the 2019-20 budget, will be allocated to Hospital and Health Services and other organisations to deliver quality, safe and timely healthcare across Queensland, and enact a number of initiatives to meet growing service demand and ease pressure on system performance.

The 2019-20 budget also includes $885.7 million to Queensland Ambulance Service including the provision of an additional 200 ambulance operatives to meet the continuing growth in demand for ambulance services across the State.

In addition, Queensland Health’s total capital investment program of $777.7 million will progress a range of health infrastructure priorities.

Further details on these and other health initiatives and highlights published in the 2019-20 State Budget, are shown below.

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Highlights

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Queensland Health

Keeping Queenslanders healthy
Meeting Queensland's growing needs
Enhancing medical technology
Boosting the frontline

Keeping Queenslanders healthy

  • $158.6 million to establish the Health and Wellbeing Queensland statutory health promotion agency to tackle obesity and chronic disease rates.
  • $132 million for priority renal care, frail and older persons care and cardiac care initiatives.
  • $25.2 million to extend Deadly Choices.
  • $61.9 million for suicide prevention.

Meeting Queensland’s growing needs

  • $77.4 million to expand the Specialist Outpatient Strategy.
  • $116.8 million boost to expand and embed the Nurse Navigator program.
  • $36.3 million in 2019-20 for redevelopment of Caboolture, Ipswich and Logan hospitals.
  • $78.6 million in 2019-20 to continue redevelopment of Roma Hospital, Gladstone Hospital ED.
  • $40.7 million in 2019-20 to redevelop Blackall, Sarina and Kingaroy Hospitals, Townsville Hospital Clinical Services, and Maryborough Hospital ED and Specialist Outpatients Department.
  • $27.9 million in 2019-20 for adolescent mental health facilities and programs at The Prince Charles Hospital, Logan Hospital, Caboolture Hospital and the Gold Coast.
  • $6.1 million in 2019-20 for Redland Hospital expansion.
  • $988,000 in 2019-20 for a new 42-bed drug rehabilitation facility in Rockhampton.

Enhancing medical technology

  • $92.1 million for information and communication technology including Queensland Health’s integrated electronic Medical Record and the Financial System Renewal (FSR) Program.

Boosting the frontline

  • On track for 3,500 more nurses and midwives in Queensland public hospitals by June 2020.
  • On track for 400 nurse navigators across Queensland public hospitals.
  • $14 million to support Queensland Emergency Helicopter Network.
  • $9.3 million to meet primary health care service needs in correctional facilities.


Hospital and Health Services

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Cairns and Hinterland

  • Total budget: $1 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $63.6 million
Central Queensland

  • Total budget: $622.8 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $12.5 million
Central West

  • Total budget: $81 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $4.4 million
Children's Health Queensland

  • Total budget: $799.8 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $42.6 million

Cairns & Hinterland

  • Total budget: $1 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $63.6 million
  • Key deliverables:
    • Deliver strategies relating to the six priorities in the Cairns and Hinterland HHS Strategic Plan Your Voice, Our Future 2018-2022.
    • Meet the needs of our community by following the direction outlined in the Clinical Service Plan 2018-2022, which details how to improve and grow our services over the next five to ten years.
    • Invest in progressing the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through partnering with other healthcare and social service providers.
    • Implement initiatives to decrease the number of patients waiting outside clinically recommended timeframes across all categories.
    • Advance capital projects such as the Atherton Hospital redevelopment, the Cairns South Health Precinct, Mental Health Service redevelopment.
    • Continue to improve financial and operational performance.

Central Queensland

  • Total budget: $622.8 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $12.5 million
  • Key deliverables:
    • Invest in great people, delivering great quality care and improving health.
    • Prepare for expanded cardiac services to ensure the residents of Central Queensland have improved access to cardiac care closer to home.
    • Continue to progress the delivery of a new state of the art $42 million Emergency Department for Gladstone Hospital.
    • Work in partnership with Wide Bay HHS, the University of Queensland and CQUniversity Australia to enable medical students to undertake a full medical school program locally.

Central West

  • Total budget: $81 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $4.4 million
  • Key deliverables:
    • Improve access to primary care through the Integrated Care Innovation Fund in the shires of Boulia, Barcoo and Diamantina.
    • Demonstrate an improvement in consumer reported outcomes in diabetes, cardiovascular disease mental health and respiratory disease.
    • Deliver an alliance contract for primary care services with Central West HHS, Department of Health, Western Queensland Primary Healthcare Network and CheckUp
    • Maintain access to emergency care through the Primary Healthcare Centres and Emergency Departments at the levels achieved in 2018-19.
    • Establish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, which will provide strategic advice to the Board to embed the unique voice of our First Peoples in the design and delivery of culturally safe and appropriate services.

Children's Health Queensland

  • Total budget: $799.8 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $42.6 million
  • Key investments:
    • $3 million in the health of primary school children within vulnerable communities.
    • $2.6 million for Nurse Navigators to identify complex patients, and implement actions required to manage healthcare to ensure the most appropriate and timely care.
    • $1.9 million to assist in the treatment of specific children to assist in their discharge for home care.
    • $1.6 million to establish a centre for clinical trials in Rare Neurodevelopment disorders.
    • $1.3 million in the safe treatment of gender diverse children and adolescents.
    • Progress the health outcomes of Queensland children through statewide partnering with other healthcare and social service providers.
Darling Downs

  • Total budget: $847.3 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $46.2 million
Gold Coast

  • Total budget: $1.575 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $81.0 million
Mackay

  • Total budget: $463.9 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $22.1 million
Metro North

  • Total budget: $3.049 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $210.6 million

Darling Downs

  • Total budget: $847.3 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $46.2 million
  • Key priorities:
    • Continued redevelopment of the Kingaroy Hospital, providing greater capacity for a range of services to ensure the community in the South Burnett region can access better healthcare facilities, closer to home.
    • Master planning for a new Toowoomba Hospital to meet continued increase in population growth and healthcare demand.
    • Continuation of the HealthPathways project in conjunction with the Darling Downs and West Moreton Primary Health Network, improving coordination of care for consumers throughout the Darling Downs region.
    • Creation of a digital strategy to assist with future transformation to digital hospitals to streamline service delivery and enhance patient care and outcomes.
    • Establishment of a clinical decision unit and a coordination hub at Toowoomba Hospital to streamline patient flow management and assist with managing the increasing demand for service.

Gold Coast

  • Total budget: $1.575 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $81.0 million
  • Key priorities:
    • Continue to improve emergency patient flow with innovative models of care and focus efforts on maximising capital utilisation in the most efficient and effective way possible.
    • Work to address growing elective surgery waitlist demand within funding allocations
    • Further develop the Queensland Pelvic Mesh Service.
    • Progress planning for a secure mental health service.
    • Connect with other agencies including Queensland Police Service, Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and Department of Education in considering integrated management of complex family needs.

Mackay

  • Total budget: $463.9 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $22.1 million
  • Key initiatives and investments:
    • Continuing to respond to community health priorities, such as care of the elderly and chronic disease.
    • Taking action to improve health outcomes for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Australian South Sea Islander population.
    • Further develop contemporary models of care to help patients to spend less time in hospital.
    • Improve patient flow and striving for patients to have better access to surgical and outpatient services.

Metro North

  • Total budget: $3.049 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $210.6 million
  • Major deliverables include:
    • Continuation of the Herston Quarter Redevelopment Project particularly the progression of the new public health facility Surgical, Treatment and Rehabilitation Service (STARS).
    • Completion of the Caboolture Hospital Emergency Department expansion.
    • Commencement of the Caboolture Hospital Expansion which will provide additional capacity of 130 beds and other services in a new building.
    • A new multistorey carpark for Redcliffe Hospital.
    • Planning of new car parks at Caboolture Hospital and The Prince Charles Hospital.
Metro South

  • Total budget: $2.566 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $157.4 million
North West

  • Total budget: $191 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $9.1 million
South West

  • Total budget: $153.7 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $3.8 million
Sunshine Coast

  • Total budget: $1.243 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $46.3 million

Metro South

  • Total budget: $2.566 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $157.4 million
  • Major investment initiatives:
    • Logan Hospital Expansion Project to deliver 206 additional beds
    • Logan Hospital Maternity Service refurbishment and expansion
    • Redland Hospital Expansion – additional Emergency Department beds and birthing facilities
    • Redland Hospital Multi-Story Car Park business case.

North West

  • Total budget: $191 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $9.1 million
  • New initiatives include:
    • Increase our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce from 10 per cent to 26 per cent of workforce, becoming more reflective of the North West Indigenous community.
    • Enhance capacity for the delivery of specialist services to reduce the travel requirements for patients, with either care provided at North West HHS facilities or supported treatment via tele-health for a range of conditions.
    • Improve cardiac services by introducing a new Service Level Agreement with Townsville HHS to provide outpatient and investigation support.
    • Greater engagement of consumers in their own health and a decrease in smoking, obesity, and risky drinking.
    • Working with remote communities of Doomadgee, Normanton and Mornington Island to further expand dialysis services to provide renal services closer to home.
    • Further collaboration with Mount Isa GPs to deliver an Emergency Department Primary Healthcare Transition Project.

South West

  • Total budget: $153.7 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $3.8 million
  • Key priorities:
    • Continuation of the new Roma Hospital redevelopment.
    • Closing the gap on health outcomes for local Indigenous communities.
    • Strengthening alliance with key stakeholders to improve health outcomes for South West communities.
    • Implementing an integrated health system through strategic partnerships with the primary health care sector.
    • Investing in technology and connectedness that supports innovation and personalised care.
    • Empowering our people to be healthier and the best they can be through a strong culture of continuous learning and support.

Sunshine Coast

  • Total budget: $1.243 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $46.3 million
  • Key priorities:
    • Plan for service growth at Sunshine Coast University Hospital in 2019-20.
    • Develop 10-year horizon Master Clinical Services Plan as a blueprint for future service delivery and expansion with the aim of providing increased care in the Sunshine Coast.
    • Expand services is in line with the Queensland Government’s commitment to ensuring all Queenslanders have access to quality health services, closer to home.
    • $86.23 million redevelopment of Nambour General Hospital which will ensure the facility can meet the growing health needs of the Nambour and wider Sunshine Coast communities into the future.
Torres and Cape

  • Total budget: $225.4 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $11.7 million
Townsville

  • Total budget: $1.038 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $54.5 million
West Moreton

  • Total budget: $642.8 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $35.7 million
Wide Bay

  • Total budget: $644.7 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $29.8 million

Torres and Cape

  • Total budget: $225.4 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $11.7 million
  • Key priorities:
    • Execute the Torres and Cape HHS Clinical Services Plan 2019-2029.
    • Complete the Torres and Cape HHS Infrastructure Master Plan.
    • Engage with communities and non-government organisations to develop models of care across the continuum of renal disease that meet a person’s needs and which prevent and/or reduce the burden of chronic kidney disease.
    • Enable treatment closer to home though the innovative and increased use of telehealth and commence work to establish a centralised Clinical Coordination and Referral Hub to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of medical specialist outreach services.
    • Explore suitable models of care that would support the safe and sustainable reestablishment of birthing services in Weipa.

Townsville

  • Total budget: $1.038 billion
  • Increase from 18-19: $54.5 million
  • Major deliverables:
    • Implementing phase two of the ieMR Advanced Release which includes the medication management and anaesthetic modules.
    • $5.9 million endoscopy expansion completion, to create two additional procedure rooms.
    • Renal expansion completion to increase the number of haemodialysis chairs from 17 to 30.
    • Complete surgical outpatients development, providing bespoke out-patient clinical space for ear, nose and throat services.
    • Medical imaging project with new MRI suite.
    • Complete master planning process to focus on the development of a joint Health and Knowledge Precinct with James Cook University.

West Moreton

  • Total budget: $642.8 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $35.7 million
  • Key initiatives:
    • Ipswich Health Expansion Stage 1A, with a Magnetic Resonance Imaging machine becoming operational and detailed design and procurement for a new 50 bed mental health facility, with work expected to commence on the facility by the end of 2020.
    • Optimise new digital platform to inform changes in clinical practice and improve outcomes for patients and the community.
    • Complete fire system upgrades to Esk and Laidley rural facilities.

Wide Bay

  • Total budget: $644.7 million
  • Increase from 18-19: $29.8 million
  • Key initiatives:
    • Planning for a new Bundaberg Hospital including identification of a suitable site.
    • Progress business case for a new inpatient Mental Health Unit at Hervey Bay Hospital.
    • Complete refurbishment of the Maryborough Hospital Emergency Department, Specialist Outpatient Department and front reception.
    • Complete refurbishment of Gayndah Hospital and Eidsvold Multi-Purpose Health Service.
    • Nursing Ready Every Day program pilot, for delivering and monitoring of high-quality nursing care standards.
    • Development of a local four-year post-graduate medical program with Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service, University of Queensland and Central Queensland University (CQU).
Last updated: 11 June 2019